The British Psychoanalytic Council, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) have welcomed the Department of Health consultation ‘Promoting Professionalism, Reforming Regulation’ which closed today.
The consultation was an important opportunity to comment on the future of the regulatory environment and the fundamental issue of public protection. Currently, BPC, BACP and UKCP have registers accredited by the Professional Standards Authority and have in place robust professional conduct procedures.
Through our responses to the Department of Health, we:
- Support regulators working more closely together
- Agree that any regulatory changes should further the objective of improving standards and public protection
- Urge the Department of Health to involve professional bodies in the regulatory reform work as they possess vital professional expertise
- Support upstream prevention and proportionate responses to professional conduct issues
- Will continue to progress our own work in defining standards for the profession alongside the work of the Department of Health.
Through our formal partnership, the Collaboration of Counselling and Psychotherapy Professions (CCPP) we committed ourselves to continue to safeguard the public by effectively regulating the counselling and psychotherapy profession and we will continue to work together to ensure that we take an active part in responding to any regulatory developments.
You can read the BPCs response to the consultation here.
You can read the BACP's response here.
You can read the UKCP's response here.